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Scattered showers with a few embedded thunderstorms tracked northeast across areas generally north of I 80 the afternoon and evening of August 16, as a warm front lifted into east central Iowa and northwest Illinois. Between 720 and 7:30 pm, one shower located along the warm front about 3 miles west of Freeport, IL produced two tornadoes, which caused some minor damage to a house; as well as some crop and tree damage. Another brief tornado occurred approx 5 mi WNW of Elizabeth, IL where extensive tree damage was seen.

South of Interstate 80, showers more isolated in nature were observed. Elsewhere, partly to mostly cloudy skies prevailed, with temperatures in the low to mid 80s. 

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